Asia Pacific

UN responds to Samoa’s appeal for assistance in wake of deadly tsunami

The United Nations is responding to an appeal for assistance by Samoa, which earlier this week was struck by a tsunami that has wrought devastation on the South Pacific nation.

Indonesia: UN mobilizes to prevent epidemics after earthquake

United Nations emergency personnel in Indonesia’s province of West Sumatra are mobilizing to prevent the outbreak of epidemic diseases and get children back to school two days after a massive earthquake killed at least 1,100 people, trapped and injured many thousands more, and destroyed numerous buildings.

Basic freedoms restricted in Cambodia, UN rights expert reports

An independent United Nations expert today voiced concern about the human rights situation in Cambodia, noting in particular that the judiciary is not as independent as it should be and the basic freedoms of expression and assembly are being restricted.

UN agency widens assistance to flood survivors in Philippines

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is expanding its relief operation to help hundreds of thousands of flood victims in the Philippines who are trying to cope with the effects of last week’s devastating typhoon.

UN officials express concern over loss of life in wake of Pacific island tsunami

United Nations officials today voiced great concern over the mounting death toll following the tsunami that struck a group of islands in the South Pacific on Tuesday, as rescue and emergency relief efforts gather pace.

Dire humanitarian situation in DPR Korea jeopardizes human rights, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the impact of the humanitarian situation on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where over one third of the nearly 24 million-strong population is in need of food assistance.